Community development is directed towards achieving improvements in community circumstances or the quality of community life; and this will normally involve working towards: changes in the nature or focus of service delivery, changes driven or delivered by the community itself, changes involving shared decisions and actions typically through community planning processes; which is much the same as co-production.
Co-production may well be one of the most positive routes towards the vision in the Community Empowerment; as a ‘process where people work together to make change happen in their communities by having more power and influence over what matters to them’.
Community-Driven Development (CDD) programs operate on the principles of; transparency, participation, local empowerment, demand-responsiveness, greater downward accountability, and enhanced local capacity.
Experience has shown that; when given clear and transparent rules, access to information, appropriate capacity, and financial support, poor men and women can effectively organize to identify community priorities and address local problems by working in partnership with local governments and other supportive institutions.
The World Bank recognizes that; Community Driven Development approaches and actions are important elements of an effective poverty reduction and sustainable development strategy.
Our community development plan involves work alongside with local people on community development programs. This includes education, women’s empowerment, environmental monitoring, income generating activities, health management and mapping. All these can be done on Mondays, Fridays and weekends.
Women Empowerment program
Women Empowerment program works towards a better welfare and social development of women from poor areas within the capital city and rural areas of Uganda. Many of these women come from very poor family backgrounds and have low level or no education at all with utmost need of support. Volunteers can make a big difference in these women by sharing love and warmth.
Participants/volunteers who choose to work for women volunteer program in Uganda need to be highly determined and understanding. They would be required to adjust with the situations and share knowledge that they possess with these women. Volunteering among women in Uganda is of great importance as it can bring about a paradigm change in this gender section. Making them aware of global trends, and helping them learn a skill that can help them become independent is the ultimate objective of this volunteer program in Uganda. Volunteers interested in making a difference in women lives would find this project fulfilling and rewarding.
If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, to improve basic hygiene and health care, to fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls. LUF therefore, understands that the future of many communities lie in the hands of empowered female leaders, who may share their knowledge in the community’s best interests. We believe in equal opportunities of women in Uganda, therefore we have created a variety of projects which assist women to overcome current adversity to not only survive, but thrive in society.
Through this program, volunteers have a chance to assist on women empowerment, by boosting literacy and health education, providing income generation tips and micro credit loans education (Literacy), rights and life skills, saving and credit – micro-credit through cooperatives, income generative skills training, women health and maternity education, teaching English language to young women, help with small business skills. We see the rise in quality of life for the women as fundamental to positive development for Uganda as a whole by providing women with the tools to be at the helm of their own future successes.
Many challenges within the community stem from the fact that educated men tend to leave their communities to find work, while women stay home. A locally based women empowerment program has the potential to transform these women into powerful force within their community.
Youth Empowerment Program
According to Wikipedia, The unemployment rate for young people ages 15–24 is 83%, ( UNICEF generally defines youth as being between the ages of 15 and 24 years old). in Uganda. This rate is even higher for those who have formal degrees and live in the urban area.This is due to the disconnect between the degree achieved and the vocational skills needed for the jobs that are in demand for workers.
Those without a degree are also not able to obtain jobs because they lack the skills needed for the position or they don’t have the resources such as land or capital. Some youth also have negative views on certain jobs so they are unwilling to take them if offered a position. Youth unemployment poses a serious political, economic, and social challenge to the country and its leadership.
The cycle is making it increasingly difficult for Uganda to break out of poverty. Informal sector work accounts for the majority of young workers in Uganda. 3.2% of youth work for waged employment, 90.9% work for informal employment, and 5.8% of the Ugandan youth are self-employed.
This calls for sensitization of the youth through sharing, success stories experimentation with different case studies ,acquistion of some important skills such as leadership, at times even a financial push where needed.
On the other hand, youth are also encouraged to take part in community stimulating activities that include;
- Leading and attending Events
- Youth advisory programs
- Aid work in remote parts of the country
- Elementary and high school clubs
- Development of projects and more,
Working towards women empowerment and enable them in pursuit of healthy sustainable livelihoods. Women groups provide a forum for discussing issues such as:
- Income generation
- Women rights
- Family health
- Access to resources
Volunteer tasks under Women Empowerment program
- Our volunteers assist these two groups in different ways, depending upon their needs. Typical volunteer activities under the women empowerment volunteering program in Uganda include;
- Teaching English language to the young women.
- Training women small finance groups on proper account keeping.
- To lead activities that teach/train life skills, e.g. leadership skills, decision making, problem solving, communication skills, coping with stress, etc.
- Participating in and initiating awareness raising activities in various issues.
- Develop small grant proposals to fund women’s empowerment programs.
- Work with women in their farms.
- Arrange activities that improve self-confidence and educational development.
- Research and conduct case studies on women empowerment programs,
- Teach and promote women rights.
- Work with LUF local staff to train women.
- Help teach arts and crafts.
- Help explore possible market for women’s products.
- Write about success stories, but keeping a critical viewpoint.
- Help the NGOs with work on various different projects.
- Provide support in IT related work; such as website update, social media, typing and maintaining of records.
- Work with women to teach them skills such as sewing, painting, cooking, computer and other skills which can help them in their daily lives.
- Provide counseling and monitoring.
- Provide guidance for nutritional and wholesome diet.
- Research for funding agencies and raise funds for local projects.
The Women Empowerment program is devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, education and mentoring of girls who have been victims of:
- Forced marriages
- Teenage pregnancies
- School drop-outs
The mission of this program is to empower young disadvantaged girls and women in Uganda. Many more are forced into early marriage, and millions are forced to seek refuge from armed conflict and gender based violence.
This program is aimed at improving and providing quality life to suppressed and under privileged women in Uganda. The main focus of this project is to help girls and women that have been abused, raped, and taken advantage of in any way possible. Volunteers who choose to volunteer for women empowerment will be required to assist with two groups at the center;
- Girls aged 10-17 who have been sexually or physically abused.
- Young pregnant women and young mothers.
The first group of girls is that which has recently gone through, or are working through the emotional effects of going through a traumatic experience, while the second group of girls is that which is in crisis. Some of these young women have been shunned by their families and communities for becoming mothers out of marriage. Others are women of varying ethnic backgrounds who have been raped, or abused. Our volunteers assist these two groups in different ways, depending upon their needs.
Therefore, our volunteers assist these two groups in different ways, depending upon their needs.
- Working with girls in the age group of 10-20 years and conduct English classes for them so that they can improve their language skills before beginning their career.
- Provide counseling and monitoring.
- Help in different vocational courses such as beautician work, stitching and handicrafts work.
- Provide guidance for and wholesome diet.
- Initiate new after school programs to keep the girls inspired, busy and focused.
- As a Mentor, you will encourage the girls to;
- Stay in school and work hard
- Say no early marriages and teenage pregnancy
- Say no to drugs, teach them the consequences of drug use and drug trafficking
- Create health relationships with peers and family
- Have hope for the future. Many girls in these placements had given up on ever having a bright future. It’s very important that they stay focused on making a good life for themselves.
- Spend time and let the girls know that they are loved and have worth.
- For young pregnant girls volunteers can contribute in the following manner;
- Assisting with teaching them English.
- Help them out by looking after the children
- Escorting the women for doctor’s appointments for them and their children.
- Volunteers with experience in handling babies and childcare can also assist the women and young mothers with tips and techniques of taking care of newborn baby.
Who we are looking for?
LUF invites all interested volunteers to help women through these programs. Come with expertise and share your knowledge or come to learn and share experiences with others. Your small effort makes a big difference to ending discrimination against women in the most marginalized communities. It takes time for you to learn about the local women before you start your actual work and you need patience for that. Change is not dramatic, not at first, but the series of decisions you make within the organization have lasting long-term effects.
Volunteers must be:
- At least 20 years or older at the start of the program.
- Have an open mind and flexible attitude towards working in new and different environments.
- Prepared to do some manual work during their placement.
Volunteers joining the women empowerment volunteering program in Uganda are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
Saturday: Arrival in Uganda
Sunday: Orientation + neighborhood familiarization tour. Orientation session will be
Conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture,
Language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in
Mon to Fri: Volunteer work
Breakfast – provided at the accommodation
Working hours at the placement – 08:30 am to 12:30 pm and 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
Lunch – 12:30-02:00pm onwards (Provided at the placement)
Dinner –6:00pm onward (To be provided at the accommodation)
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends: Free to explore the city and language classes.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
Airport Receive/ Transfer
Volunteers are picked up from Entebbe International Airport and are transferred to their home stay accommodations.
Volunteers have the option of staying in the volunteer house accommodation or at a host family accommodation. While staying at the volunteer house, accommodation would be a great experience as you would meet other likeminded participants from around the world, the host family accommodation would be a great cultural immersion as well. LUF facilitates all those for you so as to ensure that all our international volunteers are provided the same comfort as they get at their homes and also ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff. We cover areas like culture, safety, locations, transportation etc.
2 Ugandan meals (Breakfast and dinner) will be provided in this project. Typical dinner meals include Rice, Meat, Bread, Soup, Salad, Olives etc.
- Airport Pickup and drop off
- Accommodation (twin sharing)
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Pre Departure Information Pack
- Training and Area Orientation on arrival.
- 24/7 Local staff support and Program Manager on location.
- Project Travel
- Volunteer Activities
- Local Sim Card
- LUF T-shirt
- Police Report
- Tourist Visas
- Travel Insurance
- Local Shopping
- Extra Cultural Activities
- Visas and Insurance
- Travel Information
- Health and Safety
- Program Requirements